A memorandum released by a Google engineer went viral over the weekend after being released company-wide to internal networks. The memorandum in question asserts that the gender gap in engineering positions within the company are due to biological differences between men and women and that Google's diversity initiatives are misplaced because of these differences.
The memo comes at a time when Google is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor for failure to comply with equal pay laws, specifically paying female employees less than their male colleagues. This also comes shortly after another Silicon Valley company, Uber, had their CEO Travis Kalanick resign amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Sundar Pichai's statement reads as follows:
The memo's author, James Damore, confirmed his dismissal to Financial Times. Damore has stated that he is "currently exploring possible legal remedies."
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